Black Art, Black Rage, and Black Lives Matter

BAM (Black Arts Movement) was not an art movement in the classical European sense, but a “critical social movement” and a sister movement to the Black Power and Black Liberation Movements in the U.S.  BAM insisted on the creation of Black art by Black artists that centered on Black life and the Black experience. This emphasis on the autonomy of Black artists created a “space for black modernity”, which emphasized the modernizing efforts of oppressed Black Americans and the peculiar Black experience as a result.

"Black modernity emerged as a liberating act of resistance against White supremacy, racial terrorism, and segregation...."

Dr. Terron Banner


Terron is the Manager of Community Learning and Engagement at The OSU Urban Arts Space where he oversees the UAS internship program, leads educational initiatives, and establishes community connections and partnerships.

Terron earned his PhD from the department of Arts Administration, Education, and Policy at The Ohio State University in 2019. Recently, he developed a course titled “Black Art in America: Arts and Cultural Policies from Reconstruction to Afrofuturism.” Before attending OSU, he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art and Master’s degree in Business Administration from Kentucky State University, a historically Black university.

Terron’s research focuses on the art-historical impact of past Black Arts Movements and the technologies, cultural policies, and arts management processes utilized by Black artists within those movements.  Most recently, Terron has led multiple grant-funded projects at OSU that explores ways of combining AI and Afrofuturism to increase arts and tech equity.

Images: Douglass Emory “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963–1983”, De Young Museum; OBAC, “Wall of Respect”; Wadsworth Jarrell, 1971, Black Prince (Malcolm), acrylic on canvas; Kerry James Marshall “Past Times”,  acrylic and collage, 1997; Kehinde Wiley “Forty-Fourth President, 2009–2017”, oil on canvas, 2018 National Portrait Gallery.  Images granted use from author, or under creative commons and / or public domain. 

Arts Management, Cultural Policy, & the African Diaspora

Art Management, Cultural Policy, & the African Diaspora